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Saturday, January 11, 2020
Thomas Carter: Immigrant to New England 1610-1676
Researching Thomas Carter, who settled in Salisbury, can be very confusing. There were three contemporary
, each with a wife named Mary, in Massachusetts and their histories are all mixed up on Ancestry.com, so proceed with caution if you are looking for background on Thomas. This Thomas Thomas Carters to either Mary Dalton or Mary Parkhurst. was not married
Thomas was born in England around 1610, his origins and parents are unknown. In 1635
on the manifest for the ship The Planter bound for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was 25 years old and a servant to a man named George Giddings. George was a yeoman from St. Albans, Hertfordshire, so it is possible that that is where Thomas was from. George probably paid Thomas' passage he was listed of a set amount of years' labor. George and Thomas settled first in Ipswich. In 1638 in return a Freeman, which implied church membership, and a release from his indenture. Thomas was made land in Ipswich that year, but did not stay long. He was granted
By 1641, Thomas was living in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He was one of the first proprietors of that town. Thomas, unlike some of his neighbors, kept his name out of the courts, so
about him. In 1664 he made his mark on the agreement to create the new settlement of Amesbury. He served on the Essex Grand Jury in 1666. little is known
wife and children
Thomas Carter b. 1643, d. 14 Aug .
3. Martha Carter b. Feb 1645, d. soon
4. Martha Carter b. Mar 1647
5. Elizabeth Carter b. April 1649; mar Unknown and had children (evidenced by
, Samuel's will) brother
6. John Carter b. May 18, 1650; mar Martha Brown my ancestor
7. Abigail Carter b. Feb 1652; mar. Stephen
8. Samuel Carter b. October 25, 1656; mar Sarah (Unknown) Brown, widow of Ephraim Brown
9. Sarah Carter b. say 1658; mar. John Davis.
on 30 Oct 1676 and was written by 14 November of that same year. He named his wife in his will, so she outlived him. He gave each of his five living daughters 5 pounds and split the rest of his estate between his two living sons John and Samuel and his wife Mary. it was proved
Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration.
name Thomas Carter feature
This is the plat map of the original settlers of Salisbury, Massachusetts
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